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February 8, 2019 Black History Month Tribute – Carlton Rose

Posted on February 6, 2019 by Barry Gallagher

Today’s Black History Month Tribute celebrates the Wolverine career of Carlton Rose. According to the 1983 Michigan Football Media Guide, Carlton S. Rose was born on this day in 1962 at Pompano Beach, Florida. He starred at Stranahan High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In fact, he was a three-sport athlete (football, basketball and track) and earned many honors for his football prowess as a senior. Yes, he was so good that Bo Schembechler offered young Carlton a chance to continue his education and his football career at Michigan

(Note – Carlton Rose (#89) is shown above with the 1983 Michigan Football team. He is seated on the left side of the first row. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)

Part I. Wolverine of the Day: Carlton Rose

Good Enough to Play as a Freshman

Carlton Rose arrived in Ann Arbor in the late summer of 1980. Although he wasn’t good enough to earn any starts, he played a lot on special teams and earned his first varsity letter. Michigan ended the season with a record of 10 wins and 2 losses in 1980 and won the conference championship with a record of 8-0-0.

Rose was back in 1981. He earned four starts at outside linebacker and made 26 tackles (19 solo and 7 assists). The Wolverines slipped to a final record of 9 wins and 3 losses. Unfortunately, Michigan posted a record of 6-3-0 in the conference and finished in a tie for third place.

Starting Linebacker for Most of His Last Three Seasons

Carlton was ready for his junior season in 1982 ─ man, was he ready! Rose started eleven games at outside linebacker and posted a career high 59 tackles (34 solo and 25 assists). He made a career best 8 tackles against Purdue and 6 more against Illinois. As it turned out, the Wolverines dropped to an overall record of 8-4-0. However, they posted a record of 8 wins and 1 loss and won another Big Ten Title.

The 1983 season was the last one for Carlton Rose and he went out on a high note. Rose started six more games and posted 51 more tackles (36 solo and 15 assists). He also picked off a pass and forced two fumbles. Carlton earned second team All-Big Ten honors from the conference coaches and was named the Dick Katcher Award winner for the 1983 season. His efforts helped Michigan end the season with 9 wins and 3 losses. The Wolverines went 8-1-0 in the conference and finished second in the Big Ten.

Carlton Rose lettered 4 times, started 21 games, and played on 2 Big Ten Championship teams from 1980 to 1983. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

Carlton’s Michigan Legacy

Carlton Rose left Michigan with his head held high.  Rose started twenty-one games and lettered in four straight seasons. He played a ton of good football and made 140 tackles during his career (93 solo and 47 assists). He also   intercepted 2 passes and forced 3 fumbles. Carlton helped the Wolverines post an overall record of 36-12-0 (.750 winning rate) during his four years on the roster. Michigan was even better during the “Rose Years” since the Maize and Blue footballers won 30 of 35 (.857 winning percentage) conference games and posted two conference championships.

Carlton went on to enjoy a short career in professional football. Sadly, he died way too soon on March 26, 2006. He was only forty-four years old. Please take a moment to appreciate the career and life of Carlton Rose. May he continue to Rest in Peace!



Part II. Notes for National Calendar Day – February 8, 2019

You can learn more about each of these special events by going to the links for each item. Enjoy your day today!


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